• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A view from the bridge: The dramatic tension felt in the Carbone household by the end of Act 1.

Extracts from this document...


Sinead Aldridge 10N A view from the bridge: The dramatic tension felt in the Carbone household by the end of Act 1. In the late 1940's Arthur Miller first became interested in the lives and work of the communities of longshoremen of New York's Brooklyn harbour. It was at this time when he discovered the main plot for A View from the Bridge. Miller's friend who was a lawyer, and maybe the inspiration for the character Alfieri, told him of a story he had recently heard. This story was about a longshoreman, who had told the immigration bureau on his own relatives, two brothers, who were living in his home. The reason he did this was because one of the brothers, Rodolfo, wanted to marry his niece, who he already had feelings for. So from that point Arthur wrote his play. Miller later visited Sicily. Whilst visiting he saw many young men standing in the centre of a dusty piazza, waiting for work, rather like the way when Marco and Rodolfo told the Carbone family about their way of life back home. The play was first written as a one act play but later on in 1956 it become a play and from then on it has been performed successfully world-wide. ...read more.


When Eddie is worried about the time we learn that Beatrice is a lot more relaxed about the situation than Eddie is. The next day when Catherine and Eddie are talking, we see how jealous Eddie is of the relationship that Catherine and Roldolfo have and how Eddie isn't involved in Catherine's life as much as he would like to be. "Its just I used to come home, you were always there. Now, I turn around, you're a big girl. I don't know how to talk to you." This shows that Eddie resents the way Catherine is always out with Rodolfo and how he misses talking to her and being around her. When we lean that Rodolfo can cook, Eddie is the first to insult him. He says sarcastically: "Its wonderful. He sings, he cooks, he could make dresses..." By saying this Eddie is implying that Rodolfo is homosexual. Although Rodolfo takes this as a compliment but Catherine knows exactly what he means and supports Rodolfo by saying chefs make a lot of money. Catherine, who is in the middle of an argument between Eddie and the cousins, asks Rodolfo to dance, which adds even more tension to the play. If I was in the audience at this point I would be sat on the edge of my seat as the tension is at its climax. ...read more.


I think that the audience would be excited about the prospect of what is going to happen next. However they may also be a little nervous of what is going to happen between Eddie and the two brothers. Throughout act one a lot of tension has been building up which was quite obvious to the audience and the Carbone family. However, at the end of Act one, I don't think anyone was excepting Marco to react the way he did when challenging Eddie. At the beginning of Act one Marco seemed shy and like he would never challenge Eddie, but by the end Marco is not shy and has challenged Eddie. Many characters have changed throughout Act one; Eddie has realised that he has feelings for Catherine. Catherine has realised that uncles shouldn't act the way Eddie does towards her, She has also matured and fell in love with Rodolfo. Rodolfo seems nervous by the end of Act one, whereas at the begging he was loud and confident. Beatrice seems to be less gentle towards Catherine and makes her realise that she is a grown woman. Another character that has built up the tension in Act one is Alfieri; he has shared his thoughts and feelings and made the audience aware of the tension in the Carbone family. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. Why and How Does Eddie Carbone Change As The Play Progresses? What Leads to ...

    He is keen to avoid taking liberties, whereas Rodolpho is excitable and less mature. There is also contrast in the physical appearance of the brothers, "He's practically blonde". This is Catherine's surprised reaction, which signals her future interest in him.

  2. How does Miller create tension at the end of act 1 of "A view ...

    Marco is compared to a bull; quiet but very strong. Whereas Rodolfo is compared to a canary, he sings and is blond. Marco knows and sees Eddie's strong dislike for Rodolfo and tension is building up stronger and stronger inside of him, soon he may snap, that will create very

  1. A View From the Bridge - The whole of this play involves symbolism, on ...

    He is an illegal immigrant who went to America with his brother Marco.

  2. A View From The Bridge - discuss the dramatic impact of act two pages ...

    The audience would be disgusted when he kisses Catherine. This is because Eddie has brought up Catherine as if she was his own daughter so he should know not to kiss her.

  1. What makes the end of act one in miller's "A view from the bridge' ...

    Eddie snaps "I know lemons are green, for Christ sake, you see them in the store they're green sometimes. I said oranges they paint; I didn't say nothing about lemons." It seems from Eddie's point of view that Rodolfo is just trying to make Eddie out to be a fool or less of a man.

  2. How does Arthur Miller use Eddie Carbone to create dramatic tension for the audience?

    The arrival of Marco and Rodolpho changes the dynamics of the play. They represent the catalyst that triggers the tragedy. When Marco arrives we can immediately see he is the more mature of the two. He treats Eddie with respect and gratitude.

  1. Discuss the dramatic importance of the end of Act 1 of 'A View from ...

    The main religion of the immigrants were Christian denominations, like in the play. The religion of the characters and their community is Roman-Catholic. The laws of the immigrants are different to those of the actual American Justice System. There were some basic and common rules that the immigrants and their communities lived by.

  2. What do we learn of the Carbone family and their values in Act 1 ...

    Eddie is also an affectionate and big-hearted man, which can be seen by his esteem for Marco and Rodolfo when they come to stay. For example at what time Marco tells Eddie in a formal manner, that 'when you say go, we will go' Eddie's response to this was that

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work